Worcestershire Children First to lead review of Medical Education Team service

Published Thursday, 30th January 2020

Proposals to review the service provided by the Medical Education Team were approved at Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet meeting today (30 January).

The review will be led by Worcestershire Children First which is Worcestershire County Council’s newly formed company for Children’s Services.

The MET provides a service for children who are unable to attend school because of medical difficulties. This is currently offered at 3 bases in the county, Kidderminster Worcester and Redditch, and in some cases is provided through home tuition.

The review will consider the service and how it can be improved and will look at ways to offer a high quality of service alongside resource and cost implications. 

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “The purpose of the review is to identify improvements to the current service that we provide for children and young people in Worcestershire who are unable to attend school because of their medical needs.

“We will work with parents and carers, young people, teaching staff, schools and medical professionals to make sure we understand what works and what needs to change.”

“We will not be making any changes that disrupt the teaching and learning of pupils during the Spring and Summer terms, particularly those in Year 11 who are preparing for and sitting GCSE examinations."

The review and its recommendations will be considered by Cabinet in June.